When we told you that the food at Buonanotte was good, we weren’t lying! Chef Marco Bertoldini has taken control of the kitchen and has changed the opinion of many when it comes to the typical “supper club” menu.
We were invited back to try out their new summer menu; we just love being spoiled! We arrived a little early and caught part of the staff wine tasting before the start of the dinner shift. A gorgeous hunk of meat (yes, we find pork gorgeous) lay on a table along with other charcuterie meats and accompaniments for pairing. We were quickly included in the wine tasting, and we were lucky enough have some of those same wines paired with our dinner.
Buonanotte is only one of four Montreal restaurants that has a two-glass designation from Wine Spectator. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognizes restaurants whose wine lists have interesting selections and who appropriate their cuisine to a wide range of wines. Lino Lozza, part-owner of Buonanotte, clearly loves what he does, he taught us about the wines that Buonanotte offers, with a few very unique options and his passion was evident. The Divas were in love!
A board fell from the heavens, or from the kitchen of Buonanotte (it’s the same thing). Filled with homemade charcuterie, all hand cut, it was filled with pancetta, coppa, prosciutto, sausage, homemade focaccia with lardo, marinated eggplant and olives, and chunks of parmesan cheese. All our dishes were paired with a different wine, this one came with a wine from today’s tasting, a Lambrusco. Certainly not an Italian wine that is often seen on wine lists, Lino expanded our horizons with this slightly sparkling wine.
We knew from our previous visit that Buonanotte makes a serious pizza and on this visit we gladly tried three different types. The first was a home smoked speck with buffalo mozzarella. The pizza was draped in thin slices of smoky speck which covered the creamy buffalo mozzarella and leaves of fresh basil added a wonderful touch of summer. It was all perfectly balanced!
The next pizza was definitely a light, summery pizza. The sauce was made with heirloom tomatoes and topped with seasonal asparagus, delicious lardo and crotonese cheese, which is a semi-firm sheep milk cheese. The saltiness of the lardo paired well with the fresh and crunchy asparagus and the sweetness from the heirloom tomato sauce.
The last pizza is definitely for the charcuterie lover. Covered in thinly sliced homemade mortadella studded with green pistachios, it was divine. The pizza was topped with peppery arugula and parmesan cheese, with a drizzle of aged balsamic for a touch of sweetness that balanced the flavours. Every pizza was very different and it was hard to choose a favourite!
Panzanella salad is a classic Tuscan dish and Buonanotte happily put their own spin on it. Filled with sweet red onions, creamy buffalo mozzarella, salty Kalamata olives, heirloom tomatoes and cubes of crispy crouton-style bread soaked in olive oil, we adored this dish! It was light, fresh and perfect for our dinner on Buonanotte’s terrace.
Had we been left to our own devices we would not have ordered the tomato tartare, but that would have been an unfortunate choice. Made with both lightly cooked and raw tomatoes, it was the epitome of summer freshness. Served with a piece of pan fried cacciocavalo cheese which had a nice crust and saltiness to it, this dish most certainly wowed us and made our palate salivate for more.
Who knew carrots could be so good? The roasted heirloom carrot salad rested on a black pepper buffalo yogurt which added creaminess to the dish. It also had smoked almonds and pea shoots. The carrots were roasted to further develop their sweetness and they still had some bite to them. Honestly we’re talking about carrots and we’re salivating…. What’s wrong with us? That’s how good Buonanotte can make carrots taste!
As you know, we’re a bit finicky with octopus dishes. We don’t claim to be experts, however, we’ve eaten plenty of it and we know what we like. That being said, the octopus dish with homemade nduja, escarole, chickpeas and a leek and cucumber salsa verde was our least favourite dish of the night. The octopus was tender, the salsa verde was fresh and lightened the dish, but we felt like the nduja took away from the octopus. As we said, we’re picky about our octopus!
You can’t eat at an Italian restaurant and not have a pasta dish; we were served a carrot agnolotti. Lino (we just adore him) explained to us that heirloom carrots are the new kale of the restaurant world in New York City, meaning that they will be popping up in restaurant menus as soon as Montreal catches on. The carrot and mascarpone filling of the agnolotti was light and creamy, the sweetness of the carrots really came through. Served with hazelnuts, asparagus that was cooked to perfection, and aged balsamic, it was a nice alternative to the heavy sauces usually paired with pasta.
The duck breast had a nice crust on the skin and paired perfectly with the blackberry and porcini sauce. The corn purée not only gave the dish some needed colour but it also lightened up the bites. We were so full by the time the duck arrived before us, but it was too tasty and cooked at a perfect medium rare for us not to devour!
We’re not sure how it was possible but there was just enough room for dessert. The lemon gelato was light, lemony and delicious. The tiramisu was also light and airy and one of the few times we haven’t been disappointed by this classic Italian dessert.
What can we say, the team at Buonanotte continues to prove that food at a supper club can be delicious. The staff is educated on wine pairing and they are very friendly, all while Chef Marco Bertoldini operates a perfectly run kitchen that provides unique and mouth-watering dishes. Give it a try, and if you’re not in that supper club mood, fret not, you can go to Buonanotte for an early dinner, or a later dinner during the week if you just want to enjoy their menu without the hustle and bustle of a party!
Our Rating: Splendid
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